In addition to playing new CCGs, my local Magic play group has been bringing tabletop games to into the store.  I recently watched the playing Monopoly, and I actually sat down to join them in a game of Settlers of Catan.  This may be a good venue to work through my board game backlog.  At the very least, it will give me a chance to try some of them out.


The game that, until relatively recently, was ranked number 1 on BoardGameGeek.  It’s a pricy game, but I have every indication that it is one that I should sit down and try.  The gameplay looks quite elegant.

Vampire Hunter

Several Noobtoobers and I have considered taking a vacation together, and if we do, this game is coming along.  The night and day trick with the red and blue light is really cool, and I think we would have a lot of fun with it.  That will have to do, as I’m pretty sure there’s no way they will let me turn all of the lights off at the game shop.

Dungeon Lords

The fundamental premise that there is someone creating and populating the “dungeon crawls” that adventurers undergo is quite funny to me; I seem to recall a Elminster Aumar doing something similar in The Making of a Mage.  my current MtG gaming group might like this one a lot.

Marvel Heroes

I could probably include “Marvel Heroscape” with this.  I bought these games for the same reason that I initially bought Battleball; I just wanted the miniatures.  It looks so well produced, but I haven’t quite had the opportunity to determine whether the game is actually any good.

On a side note, this seems to be a good idea for a T-Shirt: “I came for the miniatures, but I stayed for the game.”

Sword and Skull

I picked this up during a Toys’R’Us $10 sale a few years ago.  At the time, they were getting rid of their Avalon Hill games, so it was definitely worth it to pick them up.  I generally love the pirate theme, so I can’t wait to give this a try.


I got this one during a 75% off sale at Barnes and Noble a few years ago, and I’ve been champing at the bit to give it a try.  I love victory point-based, “build them up” games.

Puerto Rico

I bought a PC version of this game a few years ago for about $4.  Of all of these games, this PC game is the one that I am probably most likely to play in the near future.